After a student successfully completes the admission process, he or she should arrange an appointment with the Director of Financial Aid. The Director can assist students with all financial aid matters and offer valuable guidance.
- It is the student’s responsibility to keep the institution and their lender informed of any name or address changes.
- Title IV Federal Financial Aid Funds can only be used for educational purposes.
- Financial aid awards are subject to change at any time due to changes in student financial or academic status.
Application Steps for Federal Financial Aid
1. Apply for a pin.
In order to electronically sign your Financial Aid Applications, you must first apply for a PIN. It can take up to 3 days to obtain your pin by email, or 2 weeks by mail. Once you obtain your pin number, continue to step 2.
2. Submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
You will need the following information to complete the FAFSA:
- Previous year Federal tax forms (1040, 1040 EZ)
- Social Security Number
- Drivers License
- Records of Untaxed Income
- School Code: G34784
3. Complete and submit to the Office of Financial Aid the Institutional Financial Aid Application.
4. Complete and submit the following documents to the Office of Financial Aid.
- Budget Worksheet -2013-2014
- Master Promissory Note Process
- Reference Sheet
- Rights and Responsibilities
- Unsubsidized Student Loan Request Form
5. Review the Student Aid Report (SAR).
Once you submit your FAFSA to the Department of Education it can take up to four weeks to obtain the Student Aid Report (SAR). When you receive the SAR, please review it for accuracy. If corrections are necessary please follow the report’s instructions to submit your corrections. If the SAR is accurate, please retain it for your records.
6. Submit any additional necessary documents to the Office of Financial Aid.
The Office of Financial Aid may require additional information to confirm data or resolve conflicting information. When asked to submit additional information, students should respond as quickly as possible to avoid processing delays.
7. Review and accept your awards.
You will receive your Financial Aid Award letter via email. Please review it, and if you wish to decline any award please sign the Award letter and return it to the Office of Financial Aid. Please indicate on this letter the award(s) you are declining.
8. Complete the Stafford Loan Application.
You will need your pin number (step 1) to electronically sign the Master Promissory Note.
Directions for applying for loan:
- Sign in on the left side of the screen at http://www.StudentLoans.gov
- Click on “Complete Master Promissory Note”
- Click on “Subsidized/Unsubsidized”
- Please DO NOT complete the Graduate PLUS application.
9. Complete the Online Entrance/Exit Counseling
Direct Loans Entrance Counseling:
Before the Financial Aid Office can request your Stafford Loan, you must complete entrance counseling. Once you have completed this counseling, the Office of Financial Aid will be notified and your loans will be certified. When you leave school or graduate, you must complete exit counseling online by clicking the link above.
10. Wait for notification of disbursement of funds.
You will be notified via email prior to funds being disbursed to your account. You have the option to cancel all or part of the disbursement should you find other means to pay for your tuition. To cancel, you will have 14 days from the date of the notification to sign and return the form to the Office of Financial Aid. Should you decide to retain the funds requested, no further action is needed. The copy of the Notification is for your records.
11. Re-submit FAFSA yearly.
Each award year, which begins July 1 and ends June 30th of the following year, you must resubmit the FAFSA (step 2). You may complete the FAFSA as early as January 1st of each year. You will need your pin number (step 1) in order to electronically sign your FAFSA.